The Football Forge Power Rankings: Week 15

Goals galore in the USL Championship again this week, as well as a ton of penalty kicks (of which 3 were saved). And some surprise results ensued. All of which caused some major movement in the rankings.

Rank Team Previous Change Record Forge Factor Note
1 Memphis 901 1 0 6-2-4 21.607 Memphis’ long win streak ended in the 0-0 tie with Detroit, but their track record is still strong enough to stay top the rankings.
2 Monterey Bay Union 9 7 6-4-5 21.081 Monterey Bay got the biggest surprise of the week in the 1-0 win in Sacramento. A close exciting game, but the Union were definitely the better team on the day. Up to 4th in the West.
3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 -1 7-2-6 19.574 The Riverhounds got 5 yellow cards and no goals in a poor display of soccer in Oakland. They drew 0-0, but the win streak is over.
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 -1 7-4-4 17.830 The Rowdies were the better team in the 1-1 draw with El Paso but couldn’t hold on for the win. A trip to Loudoun next.
5 Detroit City 10 5 4-7-4 17.446 Detroit City got a comprehensive 3-1 win over Hartford Athletic and followed it up with a dreary 0-0 draw in Memphis. Still good for a big jump in the rankings.
6 Oakland Roots 6 0 6-4-4 16.281 The 0-0 scoreline is pretty indicative of the quality of attacking play in the Roots’ game with Pittsburgh. Still, 4 games unbeaten now..
7 El Paso Locomotive 4 -3 9-3-3 15.512 El Paso are probably lucky that Las Vegas were denied an equalizer in the 2-1 win and then were unimpressive in a 1-1 draw with Tampa. Still, that puts them top of the West.
8 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 13 5 7-7-1 13.674 The Switchbacks were under pressure in the early going but survived and finished 2-0 winners over Las Vegas. 2 straight wins gives them a bounce in the rankings.
9 Sacramento Republic 5 -4 8-2-5 13.150 SacRep got the shock home loss 0-1 to Monterey Bay but the visitors were more or less in control all game. A rare slipup and they are 2nd in the West.
10 Indy Eleven 7 -3 4-6-4 12.991 Indy were lucky to get a goal against the Legion as they completely outplayed. Still, they are buoyed by that 4-0 win over Charleston 2 weeks ago.
11 San Diego Loyal 11 0 6-4-5 12.317 San Diego probably had the upper hand – but only just – in a tight contest with San Antonio that ended 2-2. And both teams are on 3-game draw streaks.
12 San Antonio 8 -4 6-2-7 11.738 San Antonio’s 2-2 draw with the Loyal was likely the best game of the week. But they’ve dropped 6 of their last 9 points and a huge game with Sacramento is up next.
13 Orange County 19 6 4-8-4 10.901 Orange County finally found their scoring boots and comprehensively beat Tulsa 3-0, and it really should have been more.
14 Loudoun United 20 6 5-9-1 9.267 Loudoun United got 2 first half goals then rode Dane Jacomen’s goalkeeping to get the 2-1 win in Miami.
15 Louisville City 12 -3 6-4-4 7.381 Lou City tied 2-2 with the Rising in probably the most entertaining game of the week. 3 PKs in the game, 1 saved. Louisville has just 2 points from its last 3 games now.
16 Phoenix Rising 17 1 4-4-6 7.311 Phoenix has Oliver Semmle’s PK stop to thank for not getting a win over Louisville. The 2-2 result was fair, and Phoenix remains above the playoff line.
17 Charleston Battery 21 4 8-4-4 6.954 Charleston Battery beat Hartford Athletic 4-3 this week.
18 Birmingham Legion 22 4 6-7-1 6.283 The Legion are back in winning form with the thorough 2-1 win over Indy. Can they make it a streak against Loudoun?
19 New Mexico United 15 -4 4-6-3 5.914 New Mexico had 65% possession but only managed 6 shots. That’s not great, but was still good enough for a 2-2 draw with RGV.
20 Las Vegas Lights 18 -2 1-7-6 3.874 The Lights scored early against El Paso but gave up 2 PKs and eventually lost 1-2. Then they threatened early in Colorado Springs but failed to convert and lost again 0-2.
21 Hartford Athletic 16 -5 2-9-4 2.891 A rough week for the Athletic. First they lose to Detroit1-3. Then they score 3 themselves on Charleston but still lose by giving up 4.
22 FC Tulsa 14 -8 2-6-7 2.508 Tulsa gave up 3 goals to Orange County and scored none, but it was still a good game by keeper Michael Nelson. Everyone else? Not so much.
23 Rio Grande Valley Toros 24 1 2-5-7 1.275 The Toros had limited time on the ball, but outshot New Mexico heavily and brutally took advantage of poor defending in the 2-2 draw.
24 The Miami FC 23 -1 2-6-7 -0.602 Miami FC lost to Loudoun United 1-2 to fall to the bottom of the rankings in what was to be Anthony Pulis’ last game as head coach.

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